Xiaomi’s Black Shark brand, Black Shark 4, and 4 Pro have announced its fourth gaming smartphone package. Most of the way you’d like them to build on the previous season. The Snapdragon 870 is the standard Black Shark 4 and the Snapdragon 888 the 4 Pro are faster CPU. Both phones also feature rapid LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, but they are each available in various settings.
Black Shark 4 starts at 6GB RAM and 128GB (around $383) and RAM 4 starts at 3,999 yuan (around $613) with a RAM of 8GB of the capacity of 256GB. This is to debut in China in the near future, according to the group, on Friday 26 March.
As in other gaming phones, Black Shark has sail-frogged Asus and RedMagic — a major competitor in the area of niche gaming phones — in touching a sample rate or how many times the monitor will record a contact. Both the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have a 720Hz touch sample rate, which promises to be the highest industry, and an 8.3m touch delay. This spec would certainly not affect the way most people use these phones every day, although it may be of interest to some hardcore gamers.
Both devices include the mechanical pushbuttons introduced in previous Black Shark handsets, although the company says that their look and feel have been changed by “magnetic lifting” technology, which makes them more click tactile and blend more smoothly into the shape of the unit. When it comes to the appearance of these new phones, they are more appealing than the previous generations.
These phones also have a passion-sensitive view, which many people enjoyed in Black Shark 2, in addition to the shoulder keys. You can chart smartphone controls a bit more quickly with the buttons on the shoulder and such a screen.
The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have screens of the same size, unlike last year’s models. Both have OLED displays with a refresh rate of 144Hz (6,67 inches). Such phones have dual front speakers with claims they have decent spatial audio separation, much like the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, which I recently tested. Black Shark also said that the FunCooler 2 Pro can be added for cooler use, much like that of the Asus tablet. The price is 199 yuan (approximately $30).